Apartment Fire Blamed on Bed Bugs -- and Suspected Drunk Guy Who Tried to Set Them on Fire
As the saying goes: "goodnight, sleep tight, and don't let the bed bugs bite." For a Phoenix man, he may have included "or set your apartment on fire" to the end of that bedtime rhyme because he's blaming bedbugs for a blaze at his Phoenix apartment.
He's not saying the tiny bugs actually lit the fire, but he's blaming them for his starting a blaze in his 23rd Avenue and Indian School Road apartment.
Phoenix arson investigators have arrested 56-year-old Harold Kelley on arson charges after he admittedly set the sheets and blankets on his bed ablaze after getting bitten by bed bugs repeatedly.
Following a night of drinking, and arguing with his girlfriend, Kelley hit the sheets.
After the bed bugs attacked, he'd had enough.
He initially tried to spray the little monsters with cologne, but found that while they probably smelled great, they were still in his bed and chompin' at his flesh.
So rather than find a different place to sleep and deal with his bed-bug issue in the morning (perhaps when he sobered up) he decided to fight bed bugs with fire.
Kelley set the bedding on fire inside his apartment. When the fire got a little out of hand, he moved the sheets to his front porch.
The building in front of which Kelley started the fire has a wood frame, which can lead to some fairly obvious, potential problems when mixed with fire.
Luckily, the fire was contained before anything got too serious.
Kelley's charges, however, are serious. He's been nailed with arson, criminal damage, and endangerment, all felonies, plus misdemeanor assault.
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